by Leta Tremblay · June 21, 2015
The plays at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg this month are about sex.
What is so important about sex? What does sex tell us about our culture and humanity? How does sex support or destroy relationships?
The participants producing shows in F!ck Fest, a sexival, attempt to answer these questions and a great many more with stories as unique and diverse as the human beings on this planet.
My first F!ck Fest experience was with a sex thing (or, a bunch of liberals getting uptight about the sociopolitical implications of their desires) by Kati Frazier. The title pretty much says it all. Ann (honestly played by Erin Keskeny) and David (brought to life with humor and gentleness by Kevin Percival) try to save their emotionally healthy but sexually unsatisfying relationship through adventurous escapades in the bedroom. Including a hoop skirt. Meanwhile, Alice (in a poignant portrayal by Gwenevere Sisco) confronts her desire for Stevie (the compelling Mia Kang) who’s gender presentation challenges Alice’s own sexual identity.
People talk about sex A LOT in this play. It’s candid and as full of clarity and consent as possible. The characters demand that of each other. Yet Frazier, supported by clear and crisp direction from Corinne Woods, also doesn’t shy away from demonstrating how difficult these conversations are to actually have. And it’s in that struggle to communicate and come to terms with what we really want that this play shines.